Four Top Stress-Busting Tips for Entrepreneurs
April is National Stress Awareness Month, an annual campaign designed to educate Americans about the effects of stress on health, work performance, relationships and lives. And nobody knows stress like entrepreneurs. The Baker County Chamber of Commerce offers these four top tips for managing stress and ensuring a smooth daily operation of your business.
- Develop a great team: "Jack of all, master of none." There's a lot of wisdom in those words, but entrepreneurs often miss it. After all, they're natural self-starters and go-getters. But trying to do it all eventually will lead to burnout and when it does, both your business and your health will suffer. Instead, make smart hires and develop a talented, hard-working team that you can trust with all the multiple elements of your business. This allows you to focus on the elements that you do best.
- Budget both your finances and your time: The word "budget" is nearly always associated with financials. But your time is a valuable asset that should be wisely budgeted as well. Decline or send a trusted employee to a meeting that you don't absolutely have to attend. Delegate client questions and issues to capable team members with problem-solving skills. And plan to attend only the most targeted networking events most likely to prove profitable for your business.
- Get out of the office: Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a change of scenery. Schedule lunch out of the office with a current or prospective client, trusted colleague or friend at least once a week. Keep your employees positively charged with a quarterly half-day or daylong retreat offsite to hold brainstorming sessions. And make sure you give yourself and your employees a vacation. Multiple studies have shown that not taking vacations is linked to health problems and shortened lifespans.
- Mind your health: Exercise daily, adopt a nutritious diet and get plenty of sleep. All the success in the world means nothing if you're not healthy enough to enjoy it.
The Baker County Chamber of Commerce exists to help entrepreneurs successfully build and grow their businesses via networking, training and other support programs that help minimize stress and guesswork. Call 904-259-6433 to speak with a membership specialist today.